Barton Springs Pool in Austin is one of the best places in Austin to spend some time on a hot summer day. In Zilker Park just of just off Barton Springs Road, Barton Springs Pool is one of Austin's famous landmarks and easily the most popular swimming hole in the city. Spring fed, Barton Springs Pool is over 3 acres and around 900 feet long. The pool was formed when Barton Creek was dammed up, so it has a natural rock and gravel bottom. There are varying depths, diving boards, and stairs and ladders for entry. The water temperature averages 70 degrees throughout the year, so enter the pool gingerly. As you swim across, feel how some spots are colder than others. A more refreshing swim is hard to find, but the pool is often crowded, especially on summer weekends.
In recent years, the city has closed the pool when the fecal coliform count was high and posed a threat to swimmers, often the case after a heavy rain. To find out if the pool is open, call the hotline number at 512 476-9044. The address is 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746. Barton Creek Fees are collected between 8 am and 9 pm. A $5 parking fee in Zilker Park also applies on weekends, holidays, and special events. Pool doors open early at 5 a.m. The pool is closed Thursdays 9am - 7pm for maintenance and cleaning. From Lamar Boulevard, drive west on Barton Springs Road. At Robert E. Lee Drive, you have two options. You may turn left onto Robert E. Lee, go up a hill for about a quarter of a mile, and just past a baseball field, next turn into a gravel parking area; Then Swim, and have fun in the Sun! If you like swimming holes then you should check out Texas Outside's Best Swimming Holes in Texas Page and make it a goal to try off of these swimming holes.
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